The Apostle Paul
He was a man of refined education and sharp intelligence.
But Paul’s intelligence did not take him further than becoming a Pharisee of Pharisees and also a prosecutor of the church.
Paul did not become the great apostle and inspired writer of the gentiles until he met Jesus. Was then, when he recognized that all human gains, could be just an obstacle to reach salvation.
Paul was able to say “I live no more, but Jesus live within me. And whatsoever I live in the flesh I live it by the faith in the son of God, who gave himself to save me.”
He clearly understood the concept of sin, and new birth in Christ as well as the consequences of putting your trust on the law to gain justification.
He was able to gain divine wisdom from Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Paul’s vision was very clear. He knew that the will of God for the gentiles was to form a spiritual church rather than just a concrete organization. He constantly warned the believers from trusting in the law for justification. He said that the law gives us knowledge of sin, but it does not take sin away from our lives. While still in the flesh, we live a constant battle against our own members. The sin which lives in us is stronger than us. When we want to do good, we end up doing bad. This makes the law week and ineffective.
In the other hand, the grace through Jesus Christ overcome the law. We receive forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ once for all. His grace produces fruit of repentance. We trust the grace of God and the action of his Holy Spirit within us in order to be saved. We understand that all good proceed from God. And so, He is the one who save us. The grace of God acts upon us just because of The Father’s mercy, not because we did anything to deserve it.
And we walk in the spirit when the fruit of the spirit become manifest within us, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”. And as it’s written, against these, there is no law.
His life is one of the greatest testimonies for sinners Gentiles as well as for orthodoxes Jews.